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Literary structure (chiasm, chiasmus) of Book of Esther

List of Literary Structures


3-1  3-2  3-3 

4-1  4-2  4-3  4-4 

List of Pericopes

1 Banquet of the king(1:1-22)
2 Esther becomes queen(2:1-18)
3 Contribution of Mordecai(2:19-23)
4 Haman undertakes to destroy the Jews(3:1-15)
5 Esther agrees to help the Jews(4:1-17)
6 Esther's banquet(5:1-14)
7 The honor of Mordecai(6:1-14)
8 Haman's downfall(7:1-10)
9 Esther saves the Jews(8:1-8)
10 Pleasure of Jews(8:9-17)
11 Destruction of the Enemies of the Jews(9:1-19)
12 The feast of Purim inaugurated(9:20-32)
13 The honor of Mordecai(10:1-3)

Citations of the Bible are from New American Bible and New Revised Standard Version